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Posted at 6:38 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Nightlife agenda: Maker's Mark dipping, Dmerit EP release, electro-funk at Liv

By Fritz Hahn and David Malitz

Local electronic duo Dmerit -- consisting of Outputmessage and Micah Vellain -- celebrate the release of their new EP at U Street Music Hall's Bliss on Saturday. (Courtesy of the band)

Dip your own bottle of Maker's Mark into a vat of red wax (it'll be fun, trust us), help Dmerit celebrate the release of its new EP at U Street Music Hall or get a taste of the Baltimore indie rock scene without taking a trip up I-95.

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday

Wednesday, Feb. 23
If you've ever toured the famous Maker's Mark distillery in Kentucky, you know the two best parts are, in order: taking a deep breath of the thick cloud of whiskey-scented air that permeates the warehouse where Maker's is aged and, at the end, getting the chance to dip the neck of your own (purchased) bottle into a vat of red wax and seal it in the company's signature style. You usually have to go to Loretto, Ky., to try your hand at dipping, but Wednesday night, Maker's Mark "ambassador" John E. Vickers-Smith II is bringing the experience to Glover Park's Town Hall. The focus of the event is on the night's Kentucky-Arkansas basketball game, so you'll have a chance to dip a souvenir glass or bottle in either red, white or blue wax (or all three, if you want). The dipping runs from 7-8:30 p.m., though Maker's Mark specials will be offered throughout the game, which tips off at 8. This free party is going to be very, very popular, so a Facebook RSVP and early arrival are strongly suggested.

Thursday, Feb. 24
This past weekend saw the return of live music to DC9, about 4 1/2 months after five of its employees became the focal point of a murder investigation (charges were eventually dropped). It's a boost to the scene to have the club back to full strength, as DC9 had been hitting its stride on all levels right as it entered its turbulent state -- consistently excellent lineups of national and local talent, and remodeling that created a more comfortable concert room and the best sound in its history. Before the weekend's seven-year-anniversary celebration, the club hosts Brooklyn's White House Band, which is gaining notice for an intriguing blend of rap, rock and blues. Phil Ade, one of D.C.'s best rappers, also performs.

Friday, Feb. 25
Radio CPR does the city's DIY spirit proud. It's a Mount Pleasant-based community station that uses its low-wattage (it's 97.5 on your dial; you can also listen online) to provide an outlet for those whose voices are not often heard. The station hosts open forums for community issues and the specialty music shows range from cumbia to underground metal. Friday's benefit show at La Casa represents this diverse cross-section; the music includes hardcore punk from Hot Mess, electro-soul from ACME and hip-hop from artists on Fallen Kings Records.

Saturday, Feb. 26
Local electronic music duo Dmerit, a collaboration between producer/DJs Outputmessage and Micah Vellain, is a prime example of why the local electronic music scene is currently experiencing a renaissance of sorts. The group may not have the headliner status of some of the area's bigger names, but it shows just how deep the D.C. talent pool is. Their new EP, "Stuck on You Remixes," features four reworked versions of the stellar disco-house title track of their 2010 EP, including dynamic versions by locals AutoRock and Will Eastman. Outputmessage and Eastman are the featured DJs for Saturday's installment of Bliss at U Street Music Hall, which doubles as Dmerit's EP release party.

The People's Party is an idea we can get behind. Every Saturday night, Liv hosts a no-cover, no-dress code dance night that's all about good times and good vibes. A rotating cast of DJs controls the decks, including the Fatback DJs and Neal Becton, known for his popular Brazilian Rhythms night. The final Saturday of the month belongs to Jahsonic and his Axel F party. Yes, the name is a reference to Eddie Murphy's character in the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies and yes, you can expect to hear songs almost exclusively from that era. So except lots of deep cuts of synthy electro-funk.

Sunday, Feb. 27
You don't have to go far in this city -- or any other -- to find someone who will tell you that there was simply nothing like a Fugazi concert. The local punk band is on the short list of all-time greatest live acts, with shows that were memorable for both their intensity and sense of community. Jem Cohen's documentary "Instrument" captures this experience as well as possible, with clips filmed throughout the band's history, along with priceless behind-the-scenes that present well-rounded portraits of the band members. Fugazi members Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto will join director Cohen to discuss the film after a free screening at the National Gallery of Art.

Tuesday, March 1
Tuesday marks the end of an impressive two weeks of Baltimore's finest making their way down to D.C. J. Roddy Walston and the Business played some high-octane boogie rock opening for Drive-By Truckers at 9:30 Club last weekend and Beach House plays its gorgeous, dreamy songs at a sold-out 9:30 on Saturday. There's a house show on Wednesday featuring drone quartet Lower Dens, raucous duo Weekend and psychedelic explorers Secret Mountains. Thursday features a Black Cat visit from our favorite rabble-rousers, Double Dagger. And closing out the run is an all-Charm City triple-bill at Red Palace featuring the jittery art-pop and dramatic, croaking vocals of Future Islands, rumbling percussion and jolting rhythms of Thank You and the grab-bag of bizarre that is Ed Schrader. Just think of all the gas money you can save.

By Fritz Hahn and David Malitz  | February 22, 2011; 6:38 PM ET
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